How Turkey’s economic and political trajectory compares to India | Data Point podcast

Against a backdrop of significant economic instability, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected as the President of Turkey. The Hindu speaks to an expert to explore the parallels between Turkey and India.

June 22, 2023 05:32 pm | Updated October 31, 2023 05:33 pm IST

On May 28, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the run-off elections, extending his rule for another five years. Erdogan has been president since 2003. Over the past twenty years, he’s used religion to come to power, and maintain it, in a country where popular politics previously had a largely secular flavour. Erdogan, and his Development Party (AKP), used religious nationalism to create the new Islamic Turkey. In this episode, The Hindu speaks to Sathish Deshpande, to understand, how much of this is a result of Erdogan and his policies, and identify the similarities between Turkey’s trajectory and what we are seeing in India.

Guest: Sathish Deshpande: former Professor of Sociology at Delhi University 

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